Rafa Benitez revealed that the prospect of managing Everton does not scare him. He insisted that his comments about the size of the club were made a long time ago. Benitez became the only former Liverpool manager to take charge of the club in their history. A number of Everton fans have not taken too kindly to his appointment. There was a banner that read ‘We know where you live, don’t sign’ outside his house in Liverpool.
“To be fair, the Evertonians around my place are quite happy and very supportive. Even the Liverpudlians accepted it was an opportunity for me to come back to the Premier League,” new Everton manager Rafa Benitez said. “About the banners – we can talk about one, two people. You never know. It’s better to think about positives, how a lot of people were encouraging me to do well.”
“Football is quite emotional and everybody will have their opinions. For me it’s a challenge, a chance to do well in the Premier League, and show everyone we can compete,” he added. “I was convinced when I decided to say yes, or even decided to start talking. It’s not something I’m scared of, it’s the opposite. I want to win, I want to do well. That is to be competitive for me, to be ambitious.”
Benitez was the Liverpool manager for seven years from 2004 to 2010. He won the Champions League as well as the fa cup with the club. During his time, he described Everton as a small club in 2007.
“It depends on the context. It was a long time ago. You are fighting for your club and that is what I will do now. I will fight for Everton.” he said when asked about this remark. “I will try to do my best every single game. I am really pleased this club is getting bigger and bigger.”